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Location: Fairfax, Virginia, United States

Monday, March 31, 2008

Natural Bridge

I went to the Natural Bridge for the night a couple of weeks ago during Spring Break and snapped off these photos.

Anyways, the stay at the hotel was decent...3 stars. Good breakfast...loved the potatoes.

Daytime at Natural Bridge...majestic, stunning, tranquil. Nighttime at Natural Bridge...expect a sermon and a light show that I could put on.

Went to the caves...thought I was going to have a heart attack on the climb back up. Went to some water was in season means they drain the lake.

Pink Cadallac...good food, better prices, excellent service, lumpy booths.

Interstate 81...white knuckle driving and muscle fatigue.

Best post about housing this year

This is the best post on housing that I have seen in 2008.

There is a Board of Supervisors budget hearing tomorrow at the Fairfax Government Center where property values, taxes, and public services will be discussed. This article, while in Loudoun, touches everyone in the area right now. Fairfax County has to realize that they have a responsibility to their constiuents to maintain public services at least at 2007 funding levels during this downturn. Hopefully, Chairman Connolly and the Board will recognize that an increase in the property tax rate of four to five cents is necessary.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

ZOMG!!! Riley and Kos agree?

Hillary Clinton mentioning the spectre of Alan Greenspan has allowed these two disparate spirits to collide...

On the Daily Kos...

On Virginia Virtucon...

Also on Riley...

Update: Shocking McCain Development!

A horrible story is developing that might sink John McCain's presidential dreams...more to come!

Update: We all know John McCain has been given a free pass by conventional media. He's known as a "maverick", a "reformer", and from what I can gather he can lift the front end of a '57 Buick...with one arm. From the "Straight-talk Express" to giving the commencement speech at Liberty University (even though he called Jerry Falwell an "agent of intolerance"), McCain has managed to finesse the TV and newspaper pundits and journalists with his Grampa Simpson impersonation.

Everyone laughs it off...Iran/Iraq/al Qaeda? What's the difference? When the man could seriously get us into some deep trouble internationally with his bumbling, stumbling presence, you would like him to know what he is talking about.

BUT THAT'S NOT THE WORST OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!1!!!!!!

Did you know that John McCain's middle name is...get this "Sidney"? I'll let that sink in for a minute...has it hit home yet? Sidney...Sidney...Sidney...sounds like some bad one hit wonder, '80s pop star.

That's right John Sidney McCain! Or JSM, as I like to call him. Do you know the horrible implications of having a name like Sidney?

Over the next few weeks, I will let you in on the origins of "Sidney" and how insidiously it has snuck in our culture with out even knowing it. So get used to it. On this site, the Republican candidate for President will be known as John Sidney McCain, JSM, or just Sid.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Much ado about nothing...

That sums up Hillary's "victories" last night. I put victories in quotes because last night was just symbolic. Obama will still come out of last night with more delegates in total and possibly received more delegates than Hillary last night even though he lost three races. Remember, Hillary's own campaign communications director Howard Wolfson said,"This is a race for delegates…It is not a battle for individual states.

Obama will push his lead further this upcoming week with victories in Wyoming and Mississippi. Both campaigns will work on securing Pennsylvania with the latest polling showing Clinton only up by four there.

Congrats...Hillary has now extended the primary for another couple of months. Woo hoo! We can burn some more money and bridges while the Republicans solidify. Democrats could be looking at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!

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